I am doing a M.S. degree in a mechanical engineering program. In the previous three weeks I sent a letter inquiring for an opportunity to over 20 professors whose lab's website clearly showed Ph.D. position information. I received only 4 rejections, the others did not reply, is there any reason? Is there any way to solve this problem? Should I resend them my letter at a later time?
The format of my letter like this:
Paragraph-1: Personal information, like my name, graduate school, my thesis topic, my publication condition. Paragraph-2: Where I found your position information, why I chose your labs(I indicated the interesting topics they listed in their page)
Paragraph-3: My qualification, like my programming level, practical experience of simulation, related courses I ever took.
Paragraph-4: An ending sentence, like: looking forward to your reply, have a nice day.
I found potential reasons to account for the lack of replies:
- Its summer vacation.
- I have a weak academic background.
- Professors do not think my research field can match theirs.
- The content of my letter is not unique, professors may think this letter can be sent by everyone.
- I didn't put the professor's name at the start.